Data services prices

There are a number of ways to access ABS data, in addition to data available on the website. Compare data services and Available microdata to find the right product for you. Not all topics are available in all data services. Prices differ depending on the data service and type of data requested:

Members of participating universities will not be invoiced for products and services covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement. Universities Australia and participating universities have paid for access on behalf of their students, staff and researchers.

All charges listed include GST where applicable.

TableBuilder and MicrodataDownload

Subscribe your organisation to:
  • access all reference periods within the data series
  • access new datasets on the day of release
  • add unlimited members to your organisation at any time (at no additional charge)
  • subscribe to new data series at any time of year

Ending Jun 2022

Census TableBuilder Guest
Businesses in Australia
Census TableBuilder Basic
Census TableBuilder Pro
TableBuilder - other datasets
$1,340 per data series

MicrodataDownload - access all basic microdata for one subscription price

Individuals not associated with an organisation can also subscribe to TableBuilder and MicrodataDownload. Contact for further information.

Information consultancy service

The Information Consultancy service provides aggregate data customised to meet your requirements. You may submit a request for an obligation free quote. Minimum charge is approximately $600.


The ABS commenced user charging for DataLab access on 1 October 2020, and is reviewing DataLab pricing in 2021.

For members of participating universities covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement these charges will not apply until after June 2021. The ABS and Universities Australia may consider a change to costing arrangements from 1 July 2021.

Approved users can access standard detailed microdata in the DataLab for approved projects. This includes:
  • ABS survey and census collections
  • Data ABS has collected from other organisations
  • Integrated microdata such as:
    • Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) Basic Longitudinal Extract
    • MADIP Modular product
    • Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) Core plus BLADE ABS survey modules, Intellectual Property Longitudinal Research Data (IPLORD) and Merchandise Imports and Exports
    • MADIP Modular product linked to BLADE Core plus ABS Business Characteristics Survey

DataLab charges
Ending Jun 2021

Type of user
New DataLab user registration
Project establishment
Active DataLab use
  • One-off charge per person
  • Applies to new DataLab researchers and discussants
  • One-off charge per project
  • Payable on project approval
  • Applies to new projects (or new phases of existing projects) requiring ABS project review and approvals
  • Charge per project
  • Active use does not include researchers approved for projects as discussants who do not have a DataLab account
  • Applies to existing and new DataLab projects
  • Charged either full or half financial year, depending when project commences

Government (Commonwealth, State and Territory, Local)
(GST not applicable)
$1,300 for projects with 1-5 researchers
$2,600 for projects with 6-20 researchers
$5,000 for projects with 20+ researchers

Approved non-government researchers (including public policy research institutes and academics not covered by the
ABS/Universities Australia Agreement )
$1,430 for projects with 1-5 researchers
$2,860 for projects with 6-20 researchers
$5,500 for projects with 20+ researchers

Academics working on academic projects at universities covered by ABS/Universities Australia Agreement
Covered to 30 Jun 2021
Covered to 30 Jun 2021
Covered to 30 Jun 2021

Additional charges may apply to services that are not part of the standard DataLab offering, such as:
  • XL and XXL virtual machines
  • L and XL GPUs
  • storage requirements in excess of 1TB

Data integration services

If your project needs cannot be met using standard detailed microdata, you can request custom data integration services (including for MADIP and BLADE). Custom microdata is accessed through the DataLab. DataLab access will be charged for custom microdata requests. Contact to discuss your data integration requirements and to request a quote.

Privacy and pricing policies

The ABS privacy policy and DataLab privacy notice outline how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

Microdata access is priced in accordance with ABS pricing policy.

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